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Basketball Star | Coach | Entrepreneur

Pasha BainsPasha Bains is a star basketball player and top student -- but it’s been the nonprofit coaching program he founded that’s fuelled his passion as a role model and mentor.

Students in grades three to 12 can attend Drive Basketball coaching workshops that focus on skills training, strength building, healthy food choices and life skills such as teamwork, goal setting and commitment.

He created the Hoops and Beyond scholarship to work with local businesses in supporting needy kids. It’s an area he feels strongly about: "Kids are always going to have energy, so let’s help them channel it into something constructive so they come away with an appreciation for education and the option to make better life choices."

Working towards a PhD in Education this Fall to capitalize on his love for sport, as well as teaching and working with kids, Bains knows a thing or two about hard work. He led the UBC Thunderbirds to their first Canada West perfect regular season in 22 years and was the only player to lead the Canadian national team four times, including representing Canada at the 2005 World University Games in Turkey.